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How Long Does Your HP Workout Take?


#1

Guys, I'm curious. How long do your workouts usually take? I'm wondering if I'm resting a little bit too much.

I was around between 1-1.5h Week 1 and Week 2 I'm almost at 2h.

13 sets of legs after 30 sets of press does take some time.

I think I'm resting a little bit too much sometimes...


#2

I've hauled ass through those workouts...literally only resting a max of 60 seconds between sets near the end of the waves (closer to 30-45 between the earlier part of the ramp) and they still took 2 hours.

Week 1--about 90 minutes
Week 2-- close to 2 hours
Week 3--2 hours plus

I have to say, after running the basic template of this program for 12 weeks (2 cycles), my work capacity was the best it's ever been.

I've since switched "programs", but am now working out for 2 hours or so each workout. The HPM principles/program definitely contributed to this.

If you have the time, take care of business outside of the gym, and can recover, this is hands down for me, one of the better "programs" I've done, and I've been training a long time.


#3

Pushing close to two hours as well. I rest just as long as it takes to complete a staggered set for the traps, rhomboids, or rear delts, sip some water, and then I am right back on the main lift.


#4

My times look very similar as well. I did 2 cycles of HPMass, so 12 weeks so far and now in the 1st week of my 3rd cycle. The first 2 cycles I wasn't able to incorporate lower pushing after my upper pushing days and vice versa just so I would have enough time to spend with the family.

I also didn't have time to do the eccentric-less work as prescribed for the lower pushing as I didn't have access to a sled or prowler. So that helped keep my time down, however I just had a prowler style sled built so I'm curious to see how that takes up my time, I'm thinking maybe an extra 30 mins but that's not much in reality.

But 2 hours is the average for me, less during the first week and longer as week 2 and 3 come up. The thing with this program is I feel like it's providing good volume even if you leave out the extra pushing work and eccentric-less work - of course results aren't as good but I like it as is.

This 3rd cycle will have me nearly fully equipped to do all the exercises, buying a prowler style sled really excites me this 3rd cycle around. The only thing I'm still missing is a lat machine, right now I use a dangerous setup of my BB and "blast straps", it works like a lat machine but isn't for the faint of heart.

Just do what you can in the time you have, just be sure to get all the workouts in and you should be getting results like I did. Visibly thicker all around and my MTW's have been increasing nicely.


#5

My times look very similar as well. I did 2 cycles of HPMass, so 12 weeks so far and now in the 1st week of my 3rd cycle. The first 2 cycles I wasn't able to incorporate lower pushing after my upper pushing days and vice versa just so I would have enough time to spend with the family.

I also didn't have time to do the eccentric-less work as prescribed for the lower pushing as I didn't have access to a sled or prowler. So that helped keep my time down, however I just had a prowler style sled built so I'm curious to see how that takes up my time, I'm thinking maybe an extra 30 mins but that's not much in reality.

But 2 hours is the average for me, less during the first week and longer as week 2 and 3 come up. The thing with this program is I feel like it's providing good volume even if you leave out the extra pushing work and eccentric-less work - of course results aren't as good but I like it as is.

This 3rd cycle will have me nearly fully equipped to do all the exercises, buying a prowler style sled really excites me this 3rd cycle around. The only thing I'm still missing is a lat machine, right now I use a dangerous setup of my BB and "blast straps", it works like a lat machine but isn't for the faint of heart.

Just do what you can in the time you have, just be sure to get all the workouts in and you should be getting results like I did. Visibly thicker all around and my MTW's have been increasing nicely.


#6

Hopefully those durations are being gauged by looking at the time just before starting and immediately when finishined ONLY. Otherwise, you are defeating the purpose of CT's autoregulatory principles if you are looking at the clock in between sets.


#7

Yeah, for me...I just look at the clock which is generally 5:00PM then start with activation, proceed to workout, then after it's all done I'll look at the time which is usually 6:30 - 7:00pm.

For example yesterday I started at 5:00pm roughly, then did upper pressing with no secondary lower pressing. Threw in CT's Complexes for Fat Loss workout in his LiveSpill, however there's no space at my garage for prowler use so I drove to the park and did the prowler 40m pushing. Only did 4 sets of the Complexes and that took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Usually when weeks 2 & 3 and 5 & 6 roll around there's more sets so it roughly equals to about 2 hours with rest and possibly secondary pressing lift. Once I hit about 2 hours I cut the workout simply because of time restraints. I know CT says his workouts take at least 2 hours, or about that amount so I figure to stay within that range.


#8

In week 3 I HAVE to break up the workout or else I get so bored lol


#9

If you're getting bored I think you may not be going quick enough of a pace possibly? I never get bored since between sets you're always doing assistance work, time flies for me and by the end of the workout (even the long ones at wk3 & wk6) I'm usually drenched or nearly drenched in sweat. Even on short weeks 1 & 4 where it's a fast w.o. I get quite sweaty and feel "worked" since the pace is "brisk".

But...shorter workouts broken up do lead to better gains according to CT - lucky you.


#10

Quickest I ever did a workout was 1.5 hours. That was one of the lower body pressing workouts in week 1, no auxillary work during the UBP. Generally 2 to 3 hours, depending on the week and how many sets of additional exercises I do during upper body pressing movements, and how much sled work I add.

This does not include foam rolling, warmup, or static stretching after, which adds 30 minutes.

Honestly, I had great gains doing this program, but it literally made me sick of going to the gym. I am currently trying to use the principles to get down to a 1-1.5 hour workout. While it might not allow for maximal mass and strength gains, I have gotten far more interested in optimal gains. I have other things that require my time and effort, and having my workouts take up more of my time than a part-time job would isn't doing it for me.